Stretegening of Capacities and Gender Perspective

AMBIO has established itself as an organization recognized nationally and internationally for operating under the scheme of strengthening local capacities within working communities.

The purpose of the Organization is to promote sustainable rural development, in an integral, harmonious manner, in accordance with a gender perspective, to rescue the culture and to contribute to raising the socioeconomic levels of the communities in which we work.

This action strategy is developed transversally to the actions strategies of Integral Management of the Territory, as well Climate Change and Biodiversity, since all the work carried out in these strategies, affect the development and strengthening of local capacities.

With the rational management of natural and environmental resources, the local capacities of social organizations, rural communities and organized groups are strengthened.

Likewise, to achieve these objectives, a collaborative work is carried out with academic institutions, government agencies, credit institutions, associations, civil societies and national and international non-governmental organizations.

Some activities for the strengthening of capacities that have been carried out with training and workshops, which include the implementation of activities from the communities are:

  • Environmental awareness
  • Diversification of incomes by better plot techniques
  • Use of ecological cookstoves in homes
  • Use of UV water filters
  • Techniques for fire management and forest fire protection
  • Agroforestry systems
  • Pest management
  • Gender Perspective
  • Rescue of herbal medicine
  • Geographic information systems for local technicians
  • Collection and management of forest seeds

The identification, training and strengthening of community or regional technicians is a way in which AMBIO promotes the actions within the communities . In addition, these capacity building is directed to help the own development of the communities.

The community nurseries are the result of the exchange of experiences of the participants. From the collection and management of agroforestry seeds, threatened or endangered species have been reproduced, such as:

  • White cedar (Cedrela odorat, special protection)
  • Bitter tree (Vatairea lundellii, danger of extinction)
  • Pinus chiapensis (Pinus chiapensis, special protection)
  • Black cork (anomalous Guatteria, threatened)
  • Walnut (Juglans pyriformis, threatened)
  • Red cedar (Cedrela salvadorensis, special protection)

In the formation of human capital, a Network of Local Specialized Technicians was established for the management of agroforestry systems, as well the use of cookstoves, which allow improving the health of families by avoiding respiratory diseases.

Likewise, we have trained personnel for the biological monitoring of biodiversity, focused on bird watching and vegetation monitoring.

The Community Brigades for the Management and Protection of Forest Fires are also the result of the process of human capital formation at the local level, which allows solving local problems, with the learning of the global experience.

The learning of the communities has allowed to carry out a participative work that has allowed to develop local planning processes of the territory, that help the decision-making of the smallholders, with a sustainable vision of the territory. The foregoing has generated an environmental awareness and a conservation vision within the communities where we work.

In the management of agricultural soils, agroecological techniques have been implemented to contribute to reduce the use of agrochemicals, avoid soil degradation and improve the health of people, by avoiding overexposure to harmful chemicals.

 

In terms of sustainable livestock, training has been developed for protein banks, forage conservation, cutting pastures and artificial insemination.

Another fundamental factor that enriches the projects is the participation of students who provide social service and internships at AMBIO. They have taken around 40 volunteers works in the field, which act as a bridge between universities and the solution of community problems.

The participation of professional women from social services has generated a paradigm shift in the people of the communities where they have worked, with respect to the type of activities that women can develop.

The role of women in this process of community learning has led to a greater participation of women in the communities in the agroforestry processes, in the construction of the Planes Vivos and in the diversification of the plots.

Finally, the participation of young people has been motivated by the Environmental Responsibility Project, which seeks to train community leaders with environmental awareness, with age ranges ranging of 13 to 25 years.

 

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